It is obvious the Trinbagonian politicians and politicians globally have already failed pandemic economics. Firstly, never in history did the vast majority of the world decide to cease economic activities except for those essential to life. If people are on lockdown how will they consume? If they have no or little money how will they buy? How will governments collect taxes?

Some people were barely eating every day and this economic shutdown is driving them into absolute extreme poverty. Poverty leads to shorter lifespans. People in the top 25 per cent of prosperous countries live 14 years longer than people of the bottom 25 per cent.

I am asking, is the cure worse than the disease?

In any disaster, protecting, preserving and working towards restoration of normal life should be implemented urgently. It’s not the aim of any stimulus plan I have seen so far. I propose aggressive and frequent testing, building up the population’s immunity with a diet rich in Vitamin C and proper nutrition, with everyone wearing masks and practising good hygiene. We need to resume economic activities so that everyone can eat.

The global economy was fragile and a bubble built on low interest rates and quantitative easing (money creation) and debt.

According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt is at US$257 trillion—322 per cent of global GDP.

If people, corporations and governments had savings and were not so heavily indebted they would be able to weather the Covid-19 storm.

Let’s look at history and see how people successfully dealt with viruses or other diseases and pandemics.

Like the flu, even if we get it under control, it will evolve and come back in a mutated form. As of April 7, there were 1,421,577 cases and 81,688 deaths. And most of the people who died had other health complications. We need to protect the very young and very old and people with health complications and we will be okay.

When will this lockdown come to an end? Two months or two years?

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The position held by those in authority that people who demonstrated their grievance over feelings of being targeted by police were paid to cause disturbance is seriously faulty.

It demeans, dishonours and diminishes strongly held sentiments, rightly or wrongly held by people in these depressed and disadvantaged communities.

They feel stigmatised, even if many times the focus of law enforcement can be justified.

The liquidation of LIAT (1974) Ltd brings an end to the long troubled sub-regional airline which first rose up into the skies some 65 years as Leeward Islands Air Transport.

Police—Body of officers representing the civil authority of government. Police typically are responsible for maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting and investigating criminal activities. These functions are known as policing. (Webster’s Dictionary)

Racism cannot be removed from a bigot’s mind, especially when the worst bigots are asymptomatic. What can be done is not tolerate it.

The practice of racism was brought to national and international attention by the recent George Floyd incident in the US that sparked demonstrations in protest demanding change as the answer to racial discrimination.

The rule of law is a critical pillar of a civilised society. It is perhaps an unfamiliar concept to the average person, but it is very relevant to us in these troubled times.

First, persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty. They have to be proven guilty; not assumed to be guilty, but proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction.

I conclude my response to Ferdie’s “unquestionable facts” in order to dissipate the myths about the People’s National ­Movement government’s generosity to Indo-­Trinidadians in the context of a more critical assessment of the country’s socio economic ­development. The first part was published on July 4.